The carpet is vacuumed and five stages (and a tram) are set for the City of Fremantle’s much-loved Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series which kicks off next Thursday July 6.

For the past six years Hidden Treasures has given WA music fans a rare peak inside the tucked away, incredibly evocative old venues that dot Fremantle’s West End such as the Buffalo and Navy Clubs.

Now a staple of the local music calendar, Hidden Treasures has developed a reputation as a taste-making showcase of WA’s hottest young acts while also celebrating specially-reformed cult bands from the state’s rich musical past. It’s the unusual audience this creates – crusty rock dogs rubbing shoulders with 19 year-old hipsters – that makes Hidden Treasures such an unpredictable delight.

The unearthed treasures sailing into the Navy Club this year are particularly exciting. On Thursday, Wayne Green & The Phantoms, sweaty ‘70s sungods of the Scarborough Beach Hotel, reform to play a once-in-a-blue-moon Freo show. Likewise, in week two surf titans The Neptunes resurface from Atlantis to play a 30th Anniversary show. Elsewhere cult psychobilly quintet The Automasters restart their well-primed engine but not before we drag one of Australia’s most accomplished ‘sidemen’ – two time Grammy-award winning pedal steel player Lucky Oceans – to finally take centre stage in a career retrospective entitled ‘Lucky Oceans & Friends’.

But Hidden Treasures is no rose-tinted walk down memory lane! This year The Orient, Buffalo Club, National Hotel and Packenham Street Art Space (PSAS) have been programmed as the ultimate, up-to-the-minute WA playlist on shuffle. Swampy noir rockers Rag N Bone, country connoisseurs Ralway Bell, songwriting savants The Chlorines, soul upstarts Demon Days and reggae believers Crucial Rockers are just some of the highlights of this four-week local love in. Another highlight in week one sees the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra collaborating with leading hip hop artists POW Negro, Mathas, POW Negro, Silvertongue, Alex Ford & Hyclass in the two showcase A Hip Hop Hooray.

In 2017 Hidden Treasures will also welcome its first ever roving, ever-changing, venue – the Fremantle Tram. The local tourist shuttle will regularly pick up punters before stopping at picturesque locations such as the North Mole Lighthouse for stripped-back acoustic concerts by artists including Lucy Peach, Timothy Nelson and Steve Parkin.

The good times will continue at the National Hotel with our ever-popular ‘Freonality’ Afterparty DJ Sets where guest DJs include ex-Docker Peter Bell, Koi Child DJs Lucky Oceans and even little old me. I am excited about dusting off some old classics and newbies for a DJ set at The National and taking part in this celebration of WA music.

I love the way Hidden Treasures draws together such a diverse range of music lovers from all over Western Australia. Veteran music fans are exposed to brand new acts and younger punters get to experience the local heroes of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. This community-building element alone makes Hidden Treasures an incredibly valuable part of Fremantle’s cultural calendar.

Tickets to Hidden Treasures are $20 on the night only. Tickets gain you entry to all venues: The Navy Club, Buffalo Club, Packenham St Art Space, The Orient and National Hotel. Hidden Treasures runs from 7:30pm-midnight on July 6, 13, 20 & 27

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  1. vickibix says:

    I really hope that tram has had it’s exhaust emissions fixed so people who aren’t on the tram don’t get choked as it goes past. Even more reason to get in the tram for some music..

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